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The 161-minute costume drama Green Dolphin Street is set in 1840, on an island off the coast of Newfoundland, (or at least, the MGM backlot facsimile of same). Boiled down to essentials, it's the story of two sisters, blonde Marguerite Patourel (Donna Reed) and brunette Marianne Patourel (Lana Turner), daughters of the wealthy Octavius Patourel (Edmund Gwenn). The two women meet New Zealander William Ozone (Richard Hart) and both quietly fall in love with him, though he's far more interested in Marguerite. To get William away from her sister, the conniving Marianne encourages the young man to fulfill his dreams by enlisting in H.R.H.'s Navy, whereby he'll be shipped off to China. But William misses the boat (no pun intended) and becomes a fugitive. He and buddy Timothy Haslam (Van Heflin) pair up and ship out to New Zealand, where they found a lumber business. William gets soused one night and writes to the sister he loves, inviting her to join him in marriage - but drunkenly uses the other sister's name by mistake. Marianne, believing he meant to write to her, decides to set off for New Zealand to be with her intended. Meanwhile, Timothy secretly pines for Marguerite - and that's only the set up for this broadly-scaled melodrama. Reportedly budgeted at $4 million, Green Dolphin Street was based on the somewhat better bestseller by Elizabeth Goudge. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Newcombe Best Special Effects 1947 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Douglas Shearer Best Special Effects 1947 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arnold A. Gillespie Best Special Effects 1947 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Folsey Best Black and White Cinematography 1947 Nominee

Cast

Lana Turner
as Marianne Patourel
Van Heflin
as Timothy Haslam
Linda Christian
as Hin-Moa
Gladys Cooper
as Sophie Patourel
Donna Reed
as Marguerite Patourel
Bernie Gozier
as Jacky-Pato
Edmund Gwenn
as Octavius Patourel
Frank Morgan
as Dr. Edmund Ozanne
Al Kikume
as Native
Moyna MacGill
as Mrs. Metivier
Reginald Owen
as Capt. O'Hara
Dame May Whitty
as Mother Superior
Ramsay Ames
as Corinne
Lucille Curtis
as Mrs. Samuel Kelly
William Fawcett
as Nat
Lumsden Hare
as Anderson
Guy Kingsford
as Young Fisherman
Tetsu Komai
as Chinaman
Edith Leslie
as Sister Angelique
Carol Nugent
as Veronica, Age 7
Gigi Perreau
as Veronica, Age 4
Wyndham Standing
as Government General
Douglas Walton
as Sir Charles Maloney
Leslie Denison
as Capt. Hartley
Douglas Walton
as Sir Charles Maloney
William Fawcett
as Nat
Carol Nugent
as Veronica, Age 7
Edith Leslie
as Sister Angelique
Guy Kingsford
as Young Fisherman
Wyndham Standing
as Government General
Gigi Perreau
as Veronica, Age 4
Ramsay Ames
as Corinne
Tetsu Komai
as Chinaman
Lumsden Hare
as Anderson
Lucille Curtis
as Mrs. Samuel Kelly

Crew

Victor Saville
Director
Carey Wilson
Producer
Elizabeth Goudge
Book Author
Samson Raphaelson
Screenwriter
George Folsey
Cinematographer
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Irene Valles
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
Jack Dawn
Makeup
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